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We’re all smiles here at Rays of Sunshine as this month our dedicated volunteers have been awarded one of the most prestigious awards for volunteering, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018. It doesn’t stop there!
We’ve been so busy this month, making incredible strides in our fundraising efforts by raising nearly £20,000 (and counting…) for our #RayForADay campaign, which encouraged many of our incredible supporters to fundraise on the brightest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. Here are just some of the highlights from June…
We’re absolutely thrilled to share that Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity and its Volunteers have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018.
The award was created by The Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and recognises excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community and is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Thank You For Being A Ray For A Day
On 21st June, with your incredible support, we certainly made the brightest day of the year even brighter for seriously ill children by fundraising to turn as many wishes into reality from sunrise at 04:43AM to sunset at 21:21PM. For 16 hours, 38 minutes and 19 seconds, people around the country became a #RayForADay by sharing generous donations and even hosting their own fundraisers. Can you believe we raised nearly £20,000 and counting!
Special thanks to everyone who got involved. Supporters included: Deutsche Bank,OUTFIT, Skinnydip London, POLPO, Fentons Ice Cream, 48.1, Bumpkin, DMS,Shaketastic and many more. Everyone who participated did their part to raise funds and ensure it was a successful day. Activities ranged from turning offices bright yellow,allocating special ‘Dishes for Wishes’ on menus, encouraging customers to donate in-store, and hosting special summer fundraising events. All money raised will enable us to continue brightening the lives of seriously ill children throughout the UK.
An Evening With The Home Secretary
This month we held our inaugural ‘An Evening With’ event and we were so honoured to host ‘An Evening With the Home Secretary, The RT Hon Sajid Javid MP. On the night, thanks to the generosity of our amazing attendees, we raised an incredible £320,000 to continue our mission to brighten the lives of seriously ill children across the UK.
The evening saw our brave and inspirational Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir take to the stage to perform a powerful rendition of ‘This Is Me’. It was also a privilege to welcome The RT Hon Sajid Javid MP and Richard Harrington MP to the stage for a fireside chat and questions from the audience. Thanks to all who came along to make the night such a huge success.
Hitting The High Notes With Alfie Boe
This month we joined best-selling vocalist and Rays of Sunshine Ambassador, Alfie Boe, at his Heritage Live Concert at Kenwood House. We were delighted to be able to welcome our fantastic supporters to join us in our VIP area for the show. Alfie performed an assortment of songs from his hugely successful and diverse career, accompanied by an ensemble of stellar musicians including a special performance of ‘Bring Me Sunshine’with our very own Rays of Sunshine Children’s Wish Choir! We can’t be more thankful to Alfie Boe for being such an amazing ambassador and making the evening possible. On the night we raised £10,000 for wishes – that’s a lot of smiles. Thank you to everyone who came along on the evening and donated on the night.
Shaking It Off With Taylor Swift
Alfie Boe wasn’t the only concert we attended this month… We also treated many of our wish families to a fabulous night out at the Taylor Swift concert at Wembley Stadium. It was so incredible to see smiles on the faces of so many of our wish children.
Isobelle shared with us some wonderful feedback following the concert: I felt like I left all my troubles outside the stadium and just had an amazing amount of fun.
Special thank you to our friends at Wembley Stadium for donating the concert tickets.
Jamie’s Wish To Be A Paramedic For The Day
In June, we granted Jamie’s greatest wish to become a Paramedic for the day and experience what it’s like to work in the Ambulance service. To make his dream of being a paramedic become a reality, Rays of Sunshine worked closely with the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) to organise a day full of activity and adventure for Jamie and his entire family.
Jamie’s day began at the North Bristol Operations Centre where he was taught some basic life saving techniques with paramedics. Jamie then travelled to the GWAAC airfield with his family for an afternoon activity; learning how the critical care team use their specialist skills and equipment to treat the most critically ill patients at the scene of an incident. Following his time spent being a Paramedic, Jamie said: I feel honored to be chosen to work as a paramedic for the day. I would like to thank everyone for making my wish come true.
Teeing Off For Our Annual Golf Day
This year’s Rays of Sunshine Annual Golf Day at Coombe Hill was our most successful to date! We raised a total of £53,000 on the day and we couldn’t have done it without the incredible generosity of each attendee and participating golfers. A massive congratulations to Team UHY who took home 2018’s Rays of Sunshine Trophy.
Join Team Sunshine And Take On A Special Challenge
We still have many special challenge events throughout the remainder of 2018. Sign up and become part of #TeamSunshine to help raise money to grant magical wishes for children living with serious illnesses.
Experience the exhilarating descent of the UK’s highest free-fall abseil. Hold your breath as you step over the edge of the iconic red steel of the ArcelorMittal Orbit before taking the plunge and making the 80m adrenaline-fuelled journey to the ground.
Date: Thursday 13th September – Time slots available from 6pm – 9pm
Venue: ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Walk across 15 feet of burning hot embers to raise money to help grant magical wishes for seriously ill children across the UK. Don’t worry if you’ve never taken part in a Firewalk before, we will give you all the training you need on the day.
Date: Thursday 1st November from 4pm – 10pm
Venue: BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP
For more information on any of our upcoming challenge events, email Jo via email@example.com